Wellesley's Guy MacLean Rogers Introduces the Ancient Warrior with a New Look at Leadership Lessons from His Life
Alexander the Great was, to some, an admirable figure. To others, a tyrant. Love him or hate him, there's something about the man that keeps him in the conversation many, many centuries later. His life and legacy is the subject of an upcoming WellesleyX course.
“Alexander certainly was a controversial figure in his own times, and remains so to this day,” says Guy MacLean Rogers, Mildred Lane Kemper Professor of History and Classical Studies. “In many ways, although Alexander lived more than 2,300 years ago his life resonates with us precisely because he raises issues with which we continue to be obsessed.”
Rogers, a world-renowned classicist, studies the leadership of Alexander the Great. He researches the leadership of history’s greatest warrior seeking what lessons can be learned from the enigmatic icon. And Rogers is teaching Wellesley's next WellesleyX offering, HIST229x: Was Alexander Great? The Life, Leadership, and Legacies of History’s Greatest Warrior.
This time around almost 14,000 students have booked seats on our shuttle, and I hope that you too will interested in tracking our lift-off and flight. In the ancient world Alexander himself was known as a risk-taker and a boundary-breaker; I think he would have approved of our mission.